Not a brilliant start to the day. Something is whirring round my mind, a situation I want to resolve and make better and I'm feeling quite annoyed and angry about it. But I got on with the day, did some wooding; a neighbour came round and asked if I'd like their shed which they'd taken down... I went to look but most was painted, and I don't burn painted wood. But there were a load of floorboards and structural timber from inside, so I came away with a trailerfull. I chainsawed this up and quite a bit more.
Mid afternoon I set off for Pauline's house, as she too is preparing for winter with her Clearview Stove. She's getting a bit old to chop logs and relies on a few willing volunteers to help. In return for doing a bit of sawing, I get what can only be described as 'good counsel' and the benefit of her wisdom, although I'm sure she would deny that she has much of that. I would argue strongly that she is someone who I trust with all sorts of difficulties and issues, and she always has something worthwhile to say. I really value her opinions and observations. Today was no different, as I shared my dilemma, and she picked out the crux of the problem, looking at it from the point of view of a mother and woman of mature years... just the perspective I needed. She helped me see that anger and frustration were not going to get me anywhere positive with this, and to be gentle, measured and apologetic would probably have the better result in the long run.
Our coffee and stollen and conversation finished at about 5pm and I cycled down to the Millennium Bridge, through the allotments (I had a quick peek at the YUMI plot) and along to Simon and Melody's house, as they had invited us to a party. I arrived about 3 minutes before Gill and the boys rolled up in a taxi; Gill had made a cake with a spider's web design on and a pumpkin pie made with bought flaky pastry. She'd spent most of the afternoon trying to find a costume for our youngest to wear, no time for making pastry therefore.
I was pleased to see Natalie, their daughter, who has come back from her first term of Fine Art at Oxford. She'd made a very good pumpkin soup which was delicious. Gill's pie was nice too. There were fewer visitors than usual, Lee and Christine came and I had a nice chat with Christine who works for English Nature and knows our friend Sarah Woolven. The children seemed to be happy and occupied, and near 8pm started to get excited about Merlin on TV. I came home via a woodpile. I do not get excited by Merlin on TV, and was glad of a TV-free evening when I got in.
I enjoyed a facebook chat with my friend Loony who is staying with my sister in Sheffield. Loony and I have a similar sense of humour and outlook on life, but of course, I'm not as loony as she is! I'm glad my sis is having a good time with Loony, and will be doing Halloweeny things tomorrow with our niece and nephews.
The partygoing family members came in well after 9pm, closer to 10; they'd walked back.
Did fruit and washing up, and was awake when my laptop clock went from 1.59 to 1.00.